February 12, 2021: Batteries International is sad to report that Jeffrey Degen, who worked for Johnson Controls Automotive for 14 years, passed away on February 2 at the age of just 53.
Between 2006 and 2008, Jeffrey was director of the Global Brands Power Solutions with Johnson Controls, now Clarios, and was responsible for the global development, expansion and management of consumer battery brands such as Optima, Varta, LTH, Energizer and Champion.
“For pretty much anyone who bought a battery in the 1990s or 2000s,” says Maggie Teliska, a former colleague at Johnson Controls, “Jeff would have had his fingerprint on it. This is so sad.”
Since leaving Johnson Controls he has held a variety of positions, in 2015 founding Gunpowder Incorporated, which he ran until October 2019. His last position was with Advantage Group International, a B2B consultancy.
Jeffrey passed away in Burlington, Wisconsin, where he was born in 1967.
He loved the outdoors life, and was a keen huntsman and fisherman. He also loved travel, and learned about the world by doing as much as he could.
Jeffrey leaves his mother, Romayne Degen, sister Kathryn Pieters and brother Don Degen.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Jeffrey was held on Monday, February 8.